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Last updated: 17 December 2018

Keep things cool with an energy-efficient pedestal or tower fan. We rate airflow from popular brands like Dyson, Sunbeam and Kmart to see how well they cool you down, and we measure noise at high and low speeds.

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We independently lab test pedestal and tower fans to help you decide which one will cool you down best during summer. 

Our tests cover pedestal and tower fans, from $15 supermarket models to $800 models with air purifiers. Our scores focus only on airflow; but we also list useful features so you can see:

  • which fans have the best airflow
  • which have useful features like timers and remote controls
  • how much the fans oscillate
  • how noisy they are at low and high speeds

We calculate the airflow for circular pedestal fans using a different formula to the tower fans which are generally a rectangular shape. You can choose the type you prefer using our filters.

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Pedestal fan or tower style.

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Assume 2 hours at max. level each day, then continuous use for 8 hours on low level each night, for 3 months (92 days). Energy charged at 30c/kWh.

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Airflow score

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The airflow score is determined by measuring airflow speed at various points (depending on fan type) at maximum speed and calculating airflow volume.

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Maximum noise (dB)

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On the maximum speed, this is the noise in dB you can expect. For context, 40dB is a whispered conversation, whereas 60dB is a normal conversation.

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Minimum noise (dB)

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On the lowest speed, this is the noise in dB you can expect. For context, 40dB is a whispered conversation, whereas 60dB is a normal conversation.

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The maximum height the fan can reach after the stand is adjusted to its highest position.

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Depth (cm)

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How many degrees the fan oscillates from side to side.

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  • Adjustable degrees below horizontal
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  • Overall height at highest position (cm)
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